We'll be leading a workshop on March 25 how you can create beautiful and thriving landscapes and gardens without irrigation. It will build off of research and monitoring we have done for the past 10 years on the irrigation-free landscapes we've created. The workshop will be over Zoom, so anyone can join! To sign up, click HERE.
We will also be speaking at the upcoming landscape conference LABASH at Cornell University on engaging everyday folks in landscape and urban planning through their hands and senses. For more info, you may click HERE.
Check out the virtual walking tour we created for Habitat for Humanity as part of their new initiative of engaging everyday residents in urban planning and the shaping of their neighborhoods. Watch video HERE. Stay tuned for a new video for the National Safe Routes Partnership on engaging kids in exploring their urban surroundings with their senses.
BOOK FOR ISLAND PRESS OUT IN 2021!
Our book with James Rojas on ways of engaging everyone in urban planning, design, and landscape through their hands and senses is slated for a release in 2021. We are now finalizing the title, doing the final edits, and then will be moving into production with our editor and the Island Press crew. Release date forthcoming.
NEW WORK WITH SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL / UPCOMING TRAINING
We will be co-leading a training with James Rojas of Place It! on hands-on ways of engaging youth, teachers, and everyday people in how to create streets that are safe and fun for walking and biking. We will also be creating a companion guide and video to go along with the training. To sign up for the training, you may click HERE.
IRRIGATION-FREE WORKSHOP WITH AIA EAST BAY
We will be leading a workshop on building and site design for irrigation-free landscapes for the AIA East Bay on November 5. The workshop will explore data collected from two irrigation-free landscapes we have done and what those data mean for how we design buildings and sites. To register, you may click HERE
ARE OUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF SCREENS?
To find out, check out our article on Common Edge on what we found when we asked students at Soka University of America to build their favorite childhood memories and ideal cities. Read the article HERE.
Since so many folks have been stuck at home during shelter-in-place, we have begun creating landscape videos, which you can view HERE. We also have been documenting the second year of the Butterfly Redux Project from afar, and you can view how the space is shaping up this year HERE. Finally, we've been doing ongoing water monitoring on the irrigation-free landscape in Oakland. Watering data and findings will be compiled at the end of the dry season. Looking forward to presenting what we've learned.
SPRING LANDSCAPE SERIES
We have had to postpone the spring landscape series due to Coronavirus and shelter-in-place restrictions. Once we are able to safely gather again, the first workshop will be on irrigation-free landscaping. The next workshops will be Drought-Tolerant Container Gardening, and Bee Watching + Beer. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, you can always check out our video channel HERE.
WE HAVE SIGNED A BOOK CONTRACT WITH ISLAND PRESS!
We are excited to announce that James Rojas of Place It! and John Kamp of Prairieform will be co-writing a book on creative, sensory-based, and hands-on ways of engaging diverse audiences in urban planning, landscape, and urban design projects. Further details forthcoming and as they emerge, but we are grateful to Island Press for this incredible opportunity. To support the effort, please visit our crowdfunding page HERE.
NEW PROJECT EXPLORES HOW DENSE PLANTINGS EVOLVE OVER TIME AND HOW HUMANS PERCEIVE LANDSCAPE SPACE
Dubbed the #ButterflyRedux, the project serves as the US outpost for UK landscape writer Noel Kingsbury's ongoing research project on dense plantings called "Competition Time." The project doubles as an exploration into techniques for giving structure to habitat gardens so that humans perceive the spaces as intentional. To read more, you may click HERE. To view a video of the landscape in year two, you may click HERE.
SPEAKING AT THE 2019 GREEN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS SUMMIT
Together with the Great Sunflower Project's Trena Noval and Gretchen LeBuhn, we will be giving a talk at this year's Green California Schools Summit on innovative ways of making topics surrounding the land, water, and pollinators relevant to an increasingly diverse 21st-century student body. For more info, you may click HERE.
OUR ARTICLE ON SENSORY-BASED AND COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
We have written an article with Place It!'s James Rojas on our community-engagement work with the City of Palo Alto on rethinking shared bike/ped spaces. The article explores how non-traditional means of engagement can both build bridges and generate creative and meaningful ideas for and paths toward more sustainable cities. Read the article HERE.
SPEAKING AT THE 2019 AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE
Together with Place It!'s James Rojas, and Jennifer Ly from the City of Long Beach, we will be giving a talk at this year's California APA Conference in Santa Barbara on the history of the American front yard and how it is changing because of both immigration and climate change. We will also be giving away plants to those who would like to participate in the Adopt-a-Mediterranean-Plant Project. For more information and conference schedule, you may click HERE.
NEW WORK SUMMER 2019
Check out our latest work on all things irrigation-free, culture, urban design, bike and ped. Photos from our workshop at the SPUR Transit + Design Conference: click HERE. Shared bike/ped spaces in Palo Alto: click HERE. Glendale Irrigation-Free: click HERE. Latino Urban Design in South Colton: click HERE. Oakland Irrigation-Free: click HERE.
LEADING WORKSHOP AT SPUR'S ANNUAL TRANSIT + DESIGN GATHERING
Along with Alta Planning's Beth Martin we will be leading an interactive model-building workshop on rethinking the SF Bay Area's transit system at this year's Transit + Design gathering. The workshop will run from 2:40 to 4:00 p.m. on June 27 at SF SPUR. All welcome. For more info, click HERE.
OUR TEAM'S BEEN SELECTED
Along with Dudek, and Place It!, we have been selected to lead the creation of the City of Rialto's Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Plan. More details on upcoming engagement events forthcoming.
We have launched a new, participatory project on plants from summer-dry climates called Adopt A Mediterranean Plant. The project involves everyone in the process of monitoring water needs, rainfall, temperatures and their effects on whether a plant can survive irrigation-free. The result: we can all become experts in creating self-sustaining, irrigation-free landscapes. To read more and participate, click HERE.
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON RETHINKING THE AMERICAN FRONT YARD
We will be co-leading an interactive, model-building-based workshop on culturally and climatically influenced changes in the American front yard and how we can radically rethink these ubiquitous American spaces. April 20 @ the machinaloci space, South Berkeley. Co-led by Trena Noval and Ann Wettrich of Fieldworks Collaborative, Carol Mancke of machinaloci, and James Rojas of Place It!. Register HERE.
CHECK OUT OUR ARTICLE ON STREETSBLOG SF
We have cowritten an article with urban planner James Rojas on how we have seen first-hand through our community engagement work how our transportation infrastructure rarely reflects our core values. You may read the full article HERE.
SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL PG&E WATER CONSERVATION SHOWCASE IN SAN FRANCISCO
We will be speaking on our work on irrigation-free landscapes at the annual PG&E Water Conservation Showcase on March 21. The talk will be part of an interactive panel that will engage participants in redesigning a site for maximum water efficiency, looks, and wildlife appeal. For more info, click HERE
PHOTOS FROM THE WALKING TOUR UP
We had an awesome turnout for the walking tour in South Colton on Saturday. So many stories and meaningful observations and ideas from all who attended. To see photos, click HERE.
NEW WORK IN 2019
To kick off 2019, we have begun work on an exciting project in Glendale, CA, in which we will be using an irrigation system but reducing the supplemental irrigation over time so that the landscape can ultimately survive (mostly) on its own. Other wildlife-/people-friendly bells and whistles attached, as always. Updates can be found on Twitter and on the Prairieform blog.
SOUTH COLTON WALKING TOUR
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, @ 10:00 a.m., we will be co-leading a walking tour of the South Colton neighborhood to take stock of the neighborhood's assets and needs in terms of its landscape both urban and natural and its social cohesion. We will learn from residents about what they love about the neighborhood and what needs work. All are welcome. For more information, click HERE.
OUR TEAM HAS BEEN SELECTED!
Together with Dudek and Place It!, we have been selected by the City of Colton to lead the community engagement and public outreach for their Livable Corridor Plan for the South Colton neighborhood. Updates can be found on Twitter.
OUR ARTICLE ON LANDSCAPE AND THE HOUSING CRISIS
Check out our article on the Los Angeles American Planning Association Blog on the missing but crucial role of landscape in the housing discussion and crisis.
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